I haven't cared much for anything Jay Z has done in years. His best recent effort I can remember was on Mia's XXXO.
And Ja Rule and Rick Ross are pretty decent "thugs" in their own right. I mean, the game has changed but even HOVA walked around with gats back in the day. Rappers are getting soft with money, that's all. Doesn't mean they aint from dese mean streets.